Journey to Mt. Embryo
Hi, people. It's Senin again! I'm back with a Shugo Chara! fan fiction again. This time I'll be doing chapters, although I have no idea how long I'll be writing this 'cuz I have a story I'm writing for the Blue Rose Story Circle on Crunchyroll who also needs my attendance. Ah, well crap. My title makes it sounds like Race To Witch Mountain. I assure you, that it's not based on that. Actually I watched the two first Ice Age movies today 'cuz I was bored. Yup, I got this idea from Ice Age. Honestly, I think this one of the best ideas for a fanfiction I've ever had. The only difference is that they're smarter and their intelligence is more developed than humans actually were back then. I mean, it's Shugo Chara! Hello!? Also, they have better techniques and better tools and objects. I guess you know what I mean. Anyways, this isn't the first chapter and this isn't a prologue. It's a guide I made for you guys in advance, that you can skip back and forth too if you forget or don't understand something. Then I'll be doing the prologue. Please enjoy the explanation/glossary/character guide/list thing. xD
I do not own Shugo Chara! or its characters. All copyrights go to Peach-Pit. ©
Journey to Mt. Embryo
Amu Hinamori - 14
Ami Hinamori - 5
Midori Hinamori - 30
Tsumugu Hinamori - 33
Tadase Hotori - 14
Nadeshiko/Nagihiko Fujisaki - 14
Kukai Souma - 15
Yaya Yuiki - 13
Tsubasa Yuiki - A year old
Rima Mashiro - 14
Yukari Sanjou - 25
Kairi Sanjou - 12
Yuu Nikaidou - 27
Aruto Tsukiyomi (before he went missing) - 28
Ikuto Tsukiyomi - 18
Utau Tsukiyomi/Hoshina - 16
Kaozumi Hoshina - 55
Tsukasa Amakawa - 37
Gozen/Hikaru - N/A
Amu Hinamori - Reincarnation of all five goddesses, she has been in possession in Humpty Lock since birth. She loves Tadase Hotori and Ikuto Tsukiyomi. Amu is the fifth addition to the Guardians going under as the Joker's Chair.
Ami Hinamori - Amu's little sister. She has a great admiration to Utau Hoshina and looks up to Amu. She has the ability to see guardian characters.
Midori Hinamori - Amu and Ami's mother. One of the two main scribes for the Seiyo tribe. She writes down all the events that happens to the Seiyo tribe.
Tsumugu Hinamori - Ami and Amu's father. The second of the two main hired scribes. He paints all the events that happens to the Seiyo tribe.
Amulet Heart - Goddess of the North and of Honesty. Amu is her reincarnation. Amulet Heart once loved Platinum Royale.
Amulet Spade - Goddess of the East and of Calmness. Amu is her reincarnation. Amulet Spade once loved Black Lynx.
Amulet Clover - Goddess of the South and of Gentleness. Amu is her reincarnation.
Amulet Diamond - Goddess of the West and of Brilliance. Amu is her reincarnation. Amulet Diamond had a complicated affection for Death Rebel.
Amulet Angel - Goddess of the Holy Beings. Amu is her reincarnation.
Amulet Devil - Goddess of the Living Sinners. Amu is her reincarnation.
Amulet Fortune - Ruler of the gods and the Goddess of Life. Founder of the Seiyo tribe and original owner of the Humpty Lock. She once was in love with Seven Seas Treasure.
Ran - A fragment of Amu's soul that represents the goddess Amulet Heart.
Miki - A fragment of Amu's soul that represents the goddess Amulet Spade.
Suu - A fragment of Amu's soul that represents the goddess Amulet Clover.
Dia - A fragment of Amu's soul that represents the goddess Amulet Diamond.
Tadase Hotori - The King's Chair of the Guardians. He is the reincarnation of the god Platinum Royale. He is in love with Amu.
Platinum Royale - The god of leadership and dignity. Tadase is his reincarnation. Platinum Royale once loved the goddess Amulet Heart.
Kiseki - Tadase's soul that represents Platinum Royale.
Nadeshiko Fujisaki - The old Queen's Chair of the Guardians. She was Amu's closest friend. She is the alter ego of Nagihiko.
Nagihiko Fujisaki - Nadeshiko's real identity. He is the new Jack's Chair for the Guardians. He is the reincarnation of Yamato Maihime and Beat Jumper.
Yamato Maihime - The goddess of nobility and elegance. Nadeshiko/Nagihiko is her reincarnation. She is Beat Jumper's older twin sister.
Beat Jumper - The god of strength. Nagihiko is his reincarnation. He is Yamato Maihime's younger twin brother. Beat Jumper once loved Clown Drop.
Temari - The fragment of Nadeshiko's/Nagihiko's soul that represents Yamato Maihime.
Rhythm - The fragment of Nagihiko's soul that represents Beat Jumper.
Kukai Souma - The first Jack's Chair of the Guardians. He is the reincarnation of Sky Jack.
Sky Jack - The god of confidence and courage. Kukai is his reincarnation. Sky Jack once loved Seraphic Charm.
Daichi - Kukai's soul that represents Sky Jack.
Yaya Yuiki - The Ace's Chair of the Guardians. Yaya is the reincarnation of Dear Baby. She's Amu's friend.
Tsubasa Yuiki - Yaya's little baby brother and her one reason for living.
Dear Baby - The goddess of youth. Yaya is her reincarnation.
Pepe - Yaya's soul that represents Dear Baby.
Rima Mashiro - The new Queen's Chair of the Guardians. Rima is Amu's best friend. She has a rivalry with Nagihiko.
Clown Drop - The goddess of laughter and happiness. Rima is her reincarnation. Clown Drop once loved Beat Jumper.
Kusu Kusu - Rima's soul that represents Clown Drop.
Yukari Sanjou - A temporary member of the Seiyo tribe and current member of the Easter tribe, Yukari hopes to win against Nikaidou. She cares deeply for Kairi her brother and Utau as if she were her own daughter. She hopes that she and her brother can fully settle and join the Seiyo tribe.
Kairi Sanjou - Yukari's younger brother. He is the old Jack's Chair of the Guardians. He is torn between fulfilling his duties for the Easter tribe and for his love of the Seiyo tribe. He likes Amu.
Samurai Soul - The god of warriors. Kairi is his reincarnation. He once loved Amulet Clover.
Musashi - Kairi's soul that represents Samurai Soul.
Yuu Nikaidou - Yukari's rival and ex. Nikaidou was Easter's scribe. Nikaidou holds the Seiyo tribe personally responsible for the termination of his guardian character. He feels a fatherly affection towards Amu.
Aruto Tsukiyomi - A messenger that used to communicate to Amulet Fortune's spirit using the violin. He was good friends with Tsukasa Amakawa. He is Ikuto and Utau's biological father. He inherited the Dumpty Key from Amulet Fortune and Seven Seas Treasure.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi - Aruto's biological son. He is in possession of the Dumpty Key. He is the reincarnation of three gods. He loves Amu and wants to join the Seiyo tribe.
Utau Tsukiyomi - Aruto's biological daughter. Ikuto's blood related sister.
Black Lynx - The god of night. Ikuto is his reincarnation. Black Lynx was once in love with Amulet Spade.
Death Rebel - Seven Seas Treasure's alter-ego. He is the god of sorrow. Ikuto is his reincarnation. Death Rebel has a huge hatred towards Platinum Royale and Amulet Heart and has a confusing relationship with Amulet Diamond.
Seven Seas Treasure - The god of power. Ikuto is his reincarnation. He was the original owner of the Dumpty Key. He was very fond of Platinum Royale and very close to Amulet Fortune.
Yoru - Ikuto's soul that represents Black Lynx and Seven Seas Treasure.
Kaozumi Hoshina - Ikuto and Utau's stepfather. He is the leader of the Easter tribe. It is theorized by the Guardians that he is the reincarnation of Gozen or possessed by him. He leads the Easter tribe to Mt. Embryo in hope to seize the Embryo.
Utau Hoshina - A famous melody weaver who resides in the Easter tribe. She's desperately helping her brother find the Embryo so he can accomplish what he dreams. She's romantically in love with Ikuto and she's extremely jealous of Amu even though she respects and admires her. Utau is the reincarnation of three gods.
Lunatic Charm - Goddess of the Underworld and Death. Utau is her reincarnation. She is Seraphic Charm's older twin sister. Lunatic Charm was once in love with Black Lynx.
Seraphic Charm - Goddess of the Heavens and the Skies. Utau her reincarnation. She is Lunatic Charm's younger twin sister. She was once in love with Sky Jack.
Dark Jewel - The goddess of mischief. She dislikes Amulet Angel and Amulet Devil.
Iru - A fragment of Utau's soul that represents Lunatic Charm. She is also an added fragment to Amu's soul which creates Amulet Devil.
Eru - The other fragment that makes up Utau's soul and represents Seraphic Charm. She is also an added fragment to Amu's soul which creates Amulet Angel.
Daiya X: Dia's impure other self that takes a liking and soon strong addiction to Utau's ominous shine. She's an added fragment to Utau's soul that creates Dark Jewel. Dia can only become Daiya X unless Utau wills it (which happens a lot) until Amu decides it's enough.
Tsukasa Amakawa - The leader of the Seiyo tribe. He seems to know a lot about the gods. Ikuto sees him as a father figure.
Gozen/Hikaru - A mysterious being, also known as the Lord of Evil. He and Amulet Fortune have been mortal enemies since the dawn of time. He wishes to destroy the Seiyo tribe and use the embryo for his own personal yet unknown means.
First Generation K - The title inherited once you become the tribal leader of the Seiyo tribe.
King's Chair - The name you inherit once you become the leader of the guardians.
Queen's Chair - The name you inherit once you become the vice-leader of the guardians.
Jack's Chair - The name you inherit once you become the supporter of the guardians.
Ace's Chair - The name you inherit once you become the secretary of the guardians.
Joker's Chair - A title reserved for Amu only, since it is she, who owns four guardian characters. Also the reference to the title means you exceptionally powerful.
Ouritsu Senzai (2) - The second Royal Garden. It is the main hut/tent that the First Generation K lives in. The name is Japanese for 'Royal Garden'.
Royal Garden (1) - The original Royal Garden, a prototype. It was built entirely out of holy glass and its location is the top of Mt. Embryo. It's where Amulet Fortune and Seven Seas Treasure (and sometimes the other gods) used to dwell in. It's believed that's where the embryo lies.
Royal Cape - The cape that all Guardians wear to identify themselves to the public of the Seiyo tribe. Amu refuses to wear one because of the fur cape she has had with her since birth that miraculously still fits her.
The Seiyo Tribe - The largest, highest and most powerful tribe on Earth. They're dedicated their lives to protecting the embryo from the clutches of Easter's (or anyone else's) hands.
The Easter Tribe - The second largest and powerful tribe on Earth. Their mission is to seize the embryo for their master Gozen and overpower and destroy the Seiyo tribe. They constantly bicker and fight with the tribe and other tribes.
Mt. Embryo - The highest mountain on Earth and the globe's highest water source. There has been a myth that when the goddess Amulet Fortune and her companion Seven Seas Treasure left the mountain, they accidentally left the embryo there. Now all tribes over the globe at after it. Only the Seiyo tribe who surrounds the mountain to protect it will not allow such a thing.
Character related material:
The Humpty Lock - A golden lock with a four-leaf white diamond carving on it. It holds an amazing power and most of Amulet Fortune's at bay. Amu has owned it since birth. When united with the Dumpty Key, it creates an embryo.
The Dumpty Key - A four-leaf white diamond carving with a gold rim key. It holds the same amount of power as the Humpty Lock also keeping Seven Seas Treasure's power a bay. When united with the Humpty Lock, it creates an embryo.
Embryo - A magical egg that grants any wishes. Only Amulet Fortune and Seven Seas Treasure have actually witnessed its power into action. At the beginning of evolution, when the embryo lived it split itself in two, A.K.A the Humpty Lock and the Dumpty Key only to give it to the ruler of the gods and her companion.
X-Egg - A negative egg of the heart that evolves when its bearer is feeling negative. The Easter tribe is responsible for creating so many X-Eggs. Only the five Amulets and Seraphic Charm ever had to the power to purify them.
X-Character - A negative soul or negative soul fragment of the heart, preferably called an x-character of a depressed person. It is the negative version of a guardian bearer's dreams, hopes, futures, lives, memories, powers, beliefs and strengths.
Guardian Egg - A small but powerful barrier that takes on the form of an egg that protects the soul fragment or rather guardian character of a guardian bearer.
Guardian Character - A soul or soul fragment of the heart preferably called a guardian character of a person. It represents the dreams, hopes and futures of a guardian bearer. However, all guardian characters are actually the soul of the person they once in their past lives, containing the memories, powers, belief and strengths.
Guardian Bearer - The creator of a guardian character or the reincarnation of a god/goddess.
Character Change - A change of character or personality evolves when a guardian character or guardian bearer wills it. It gives them a small range of abilities and powers.
Character Transformation - The form of a god, a guardian bearer takes on when their guardian character has allowed access to their previous memories of their past life or lives. It also bestows them with a wide range of abilities and power.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
A/N: Alrighty! This prologue. . . . well I didn't really have anything to write but this. There's an awful lot of dialogue. Um, the idea I had for the beginning of the story actually fit better as the first chapter so I'll be writing that then. Hopefully I can get the first chapter out after the prologue. Enjoy!
I do not own Shugo Chara! or its characters. All copyrights go to Peach-Pit. ©
Journey to Mt. Embryo
Kaozumi approached the large arch cautiously as his eyes were intent, staring at the form on the other side of the hooded veil.
"My lord. . . . ," he bowed politely. His voice was even and his body language seemed relaxed. Nothing compared to the turmoil and terror he felt inside, as he took in the Easter tribe's master: Gozen.
"Kaozumi. . . ." a dark, emotionless voice answered.
"My lord, we have started moving forward with the plan," he said, his eyes averted with an arm across his chest.
"You mean a new plan, do you not Kaozumi?" Gozen corrected only terrifying the man more.
"Yes, yes of course. What you said, my lord," Kaozumi stammered even more terrified.
"Well? What is it that you plan?" Gozen demanded impatiently.
"Nikaidou and Sanjou are helping out and we're going to use those three brats," Kaozumi informed him, regaining his composure even though a bead of sweat descended his forehead.
"You mean your step-children and Sanjou's brother?"
"I wouldn't exactly refer those brats as my step-children," Kaozumi muttered, a scowl on his face.
"What about the Sanjou child?" Gozen inquired.
"He shall be known as a traitor in the Seiyo tribe," Kaozumi snickered.
"I am afraid that section of your plan is no longer possible," Gozen commented.
Kaozumi's eyes bulged. "'No longer possible'?" he repeated. "How?"
"It seems that the Sanjou child will not be known as a traitor throughout the Seiyo tribe. He has already joined it."
"But! What? He's Yukari Sanjou's little brother! Isn't she afraid of the consequences?!" Kaozumi stuttered, shocked.
"Nothing you can do to provoke either will effect them, now that Kairi Sanjou has joined the Seiyo tribe," Gozen said. "You must deal with your step-children for now."
"Yes, my lord," Kaozumi bowed even lower.
"Beware, Kaozumi," Gozen warned. "I want beautiful stones. Something like the embryo. I am not tolerant of failure."
For one long second Kaozumi trembled in fear. "Of course, my lord."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
A/N: Okay! First chapter! Now, Amu an being archer was a big step for me. My motivation? The Hunger Games. Awesome, huh? BTW, if you watched Ice Age: The Meltdown, you'd know noticed a horned deer at like the begging of the film. It has a horn on its nose. That's the type of horned deer I'm talking about. Also, remember when I said that these humans have more intelligence and they're more developed? I enhanced that. Some things don't exactly behind to native customs. Some things are kinda European (even though it's like the Ice Age) although I can't help myself because the characters are modified to the present day so yeah. Hope you enjoy my first chappie~!
I do not own Shugo Chara! or its characters. All copyrights go to Peach-Pit. ©
Journey to Mt. Embryo
It was obscure under the thick coat of softening snow as Seraphic Charm, the goddess of the Heavens and the Skies brought down light, beautiful flakes from the blue abyss above. A girl of fourteen, with rosy hair and cheeks and eyes of melting amber crouched slowly forward her eyes on the prey right before her. Clutching her bow tightly, she languidly reached behind her finding the filled quiver strapped to her back and gently pulled out an arrow. The girl was very cautious, knowing not to move or else experience the loss of her almost acclaimed prey. She thrummed the string of her bow once just to make her prey got the vibe. The horned deer got the message and tensed in warning. The girl smirked triumphantly and then got ready. She was in position.
Please, please, please. Samurai Soul, god of warriors, give me your power to I can use my strength to my satisfaction of killing my very own prey, the girl pleaded in her thoughts. She had enough of the Souma guy teasing her about never making use of the own limitations of her strength to hunt down an animal.
And so, the arrow struck the horned deer through the neck as soon as her thought evaporated. Yes! The first time in a lifetime, Amu Hinamori had ever killed her own prey. Now she had something to brag about to Kukai Souma. Amu quickly ran up to the horned deer, to check if its life was officially lost. She gently placed a hand on its neck.
Oh yeah, I am so triumphant! Amu thought in her mind. Now she just had to get Kukai to know that she had hunted a deer so he could offer it to the First Generation K for food around the tribe. Amu knew that all Seiyans treasured any kind of food given to them no matter how small or different it was. Amu was absentmindly playing with a golden white diamond carved lock that was around her neck. It seemed to send a flash of white light. Oh? Humpty Lock? You agree with me too? You're right. I should never have any competition. I should do what's best and what's right and not let people stand up to me. It is I, who should be standing up to them. Amu had always treated her Humpty Lock like a real person. She always had since birth.
Amu stood up becoming unusually silent checking for any other life forms who might steal her dead prey. She wouldn't want a saber-tooth unintentionally being drawn near her kill and then having to possibly kill it because it wouldn't be backing away. Amu shuddered. Heck, she didn't even want to kill a mammoth alone for its soft, poofy fur. Making a tourniquet out of the strap of her smilodon tunic, she wrapped it around the horned deer's neck and threw it over her back. Mama's gonna love this, Amu echoed in her thoughts. She made sure nothing was out of place before she would go towards the south where the Seiyo tribe lay. Her tribe. At this thought, Amu smiled as she leaped high into the air.
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The sky was complete sheet of white when Amu entered the village. There was no breeze but there was a new coat of snow covering the ground beneath her. She searched if she could find Kukai to brag to although he was nowhere in sight. Well, all I can do now is take of few scraps of meat off the horned deer and offer it to Mama. So Amu went looking for the main fire place. At the main fire place is where they would build poles to hang killed flesh. Also, if you wished to offer it to the entire tribe that's where you would deposit it. Especially if you wanted to give some as a gift to the First Generation K.
Arriving at the main fire place, Amu browsed for a spare pole to hang her horned deer on. Everyone who was at the fire place just stared at her. Amu knew exactly what they were thinking. It's the 'Cool & Spicy' Amu Hinamori. The parents eyed her with approval and the younglings all had stars in their eyes as their fixed gaze stayed on her. Amu felt sweat descended her neck. It was proving difficult to try and ignore those scrutinized stares. Honestly, why can't people drop it? Why can't they see who I really am?
"Excuse me," Amu began, speaking to the girl nearest to her.
"Y-yes?" the girl squeaked, surprised and stunned.
"Is there a spare pole I could use somewhere?" Amu asked as gently and as spicy as possible.
"Um, over-over there," the girl pointed on the other side of the terrain.
"Thank you," Amu said in the coolest voice she could project. Walking away the girl squealed her name, commenting on how extraordinary she was. Amu barely stopped herself from clenching her fist. Could you blame her? Since Amu's parents had joined the Seiyo tribe and became the two main scribes for the village, everyone treated Amu like royalty apart from the First Generation K.
When Amu had tied her prey nice and properly on the pole, she took out her dagger. I should sharpen it before I start cutting some fresh meat, she decided. One by one, very carefully on each side, Amu slowly dug the dagger into the bark of her pole. Finally, I get to use this sucker. Then applying her dagger to the thigh of her kill, she pressed gingerly into the flesh. Mama's going to be delighted, Amu thought sardonically as she cut more and more meat. Finally stuffing it into her pocket, Amu set out towards her hut.
"Excuse me, miss?" a voice called out.
Amu turned around to find a man with light brown hair and lilac eyes that sparkled gently. A tender smile was playing with his lips. He wore a hat with a vulture feather on it and a long cloak. So long she couldn't detect the man's remaining attire.
"Um, yes?" Amu asked tentatively. That's weird, she thought. No one else has called me 'miss' before.
"Is this yours?" He lifted a hand up to show a dangling and wet golden lock.
"Humpty Lock!" Amu cried, lunging at it. At the same a hand circled her neck and Amu realized her neck was bare. Now did the Humpty Lock slip off her neck? She was completely sure she didn't bend down while occupy herself with that flesh. "Thank goodness!" She brought it to her chest, feeling a tear fall down her face.
"You treat that lock like a person," the man pursued his lip, bemused. His lilac eyes were unreadable. "Have you always done that? It seems you can't survive long without that lock."
"Yes," Amu whispered, not looking at him. "The Humpty Lock completes me. As if it knows completely who I am." Amu collected herself, realizing she sounded foolish. "Sorry. That was stupid of me."
"It's quite alright," the gentleman smiled. "I also treat objects as living beings."
"Hmm." Amu blinked, considering this.
"I fear that's my time is running out. I must leave you, miss. Forgive my rudeness," he bowed.
"Oh no! That's fine! It's my fault!" she protested, waving her hands in front of her. "Thank you for returning the Humpty Lock to me. I wouldn't know what to do without it."
"My pleasure, Miss Amu Hinamori."
Amu blinked a couple more times and before she knew it, the gentleman had left. I wish I would've asked for his name, she sulked. She set out to walk forwards, however she was already in front of her home. How did he do that? Amu demanded in her thoughts.
"Big sister! Big sister! There's a scawy monster in the fire!"
Amu felt two small little arms wrap around her legs. By the caramel locks being pulled back in two and the lolita themed smilodon tunic on the girl, it was of course Ami Hinamori, Amu's little sister. She was only five. Amu untied Ami's fragile little arms from around her legs and bent down so she and Ami were level with each other.
"Ami, it's 'scary' not 'scawy' and there's no monster in the fire," she told her sister gently, tapping Ami on the nose.
"She's still scary, sis!" Ami protested throwing herself into Amu's arms. Amu hugged her tightly. She stared over over to the fire. Nobuko Saeki was doing her fortune telling ritual again. It wasn't the real fortune teller, though. Nobuko Saeki wasn't a part of any tribe in particular. She mostly visited the Seiyo tribe and it was rumored she is good friends with the First Generation K. However, everyone around diner she would use magic to project a hologram of herself in every fire place on Earth so every could see her. Apart from her accurate and strong spiritual sense, Nobuko Saeki was well known for being one of the most devoted followers to the goddess Amulet Fortune.
Amulet Fortune. . . . Amu thought numbly. Amulet Fortune was the ruler of all the gods but she was also the Goddess of Life. Everyone looked up to her so much. She was the savior of the Earth, along with her companion Seven Seas Treasure. They say that Amulet Fortune was the original founder of the Seiyo tribe while an nasty god was the original founder of the Easter tribe. They were the enemy clan of the seiyans. However, Amu didn't believe that. It was not a corrupted god who created Easter. It was someone else. Some more sinister, more evil. Someone Amu felt like she knew for a long time even before she was born. And it's really idiotic to be feeling this way. It basically translates that I'm delusional.
"Ah! Amu-chan!" Amu turned to find Midori Hinamori greet her with a salad bowl in her hands. As usual, her mother dark brown hair was tied back and her hazel eyes were just as always caring behind those round spectacles.
"Hey, Mama. I made my first kill today. Left the rest of it at the main fire place," Amu handed Midori her bag.
"You got us horned deer chops for dinner?" Midori asked, her eyes brightening as she gazed into the bag.
"Yeah, I was thinking of you," Amu muttered, embarrassed. She had rehearsed her mother's reaction over a million times in her head, yet it always took her by surprise anyways.
"Did I hear horned deer chops?" a voice came from downstairs. On the other side of the dinning room, a trap door's latch opened and Tsumugu Hinamori's spiky blond head poked out. His face was splattered with red paint. "Did Mr. Souma come surprise us with more horned deer chops?"
Amu inhaled in annoyance. Kukai Souma would not only brag how a better hunter he was than her, but he would even dare having his presence at Amu's hut often giving Amu's parents horned deer chops. It angered her so bad.
"No, Papa. I got you so horned deer chops," Amu snarled.
"Oh?" Tsumugu took that in a for a moment. "You made your first kill today, Amu-chan? I'm so proud of you!"
Amu flushed. "Th-Thank you, Papa."
"I'd like to come and give you a hug although I'm covered in paint," he admitted sheepishly.
"That's okay," Amu dismissed the idea.
"A GUARDIAN ANGEL IS ALWAYS WATCHING YOU!"
Amu and Ami jumped and turned slowly to face the fire.
"Everywhere you are, everywhere you go no matter what! Your guardian angel will always know and will always be watching you!"
"Tech, that phony old hag again?" Amu hissed.
"Amu-chan," Midori wagged her finger. Amu rolled her eyes and tried to prepare herself for being lectured. "You know that Nobuko Saeki is not a fake. Today I had just written about her on our seiyan scrolls. She suspects something supernatural is going to happen soon."
Ami had throw herself in Amu's arms again. "Beat up the scary monster, sis!" she pleaded.
"Ami, she's human," Amu reassured her lamely.
"No. There is no such thing a monster. Someone with a strong spiritual sense is here to help deliver the message of the gods to all. I and all your guardian angels will be surveying you. Your guardian angels and I will always protect you."
"How idiotic can she become?" Amu muttered.
"Those who bear guardian angel within their hearts, beware. Saying foolish things will earn you only death."
Amu felt heavy beads of sweat go down her neck. This woman. . . . is she speaking to me?
"It is I, who speaks."
Ami instantly was on the ground and Amu was at the bottom of the staircase, a tense hand clinging to the railing.
"Amu-chan? Are you feeling well? Are you heading upwards towards your room?" Midori asked concerned.
"I don't feel hungry. Besides, people who believe in such idiotic magic like that are fools. I'll never believe in it," Amu yelled, stomping upstairs.
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Amu entered her dark room, making sure no one was around. Settling on her bed mat, she waited patiently to explode.
"WHAT?! WHAT?! WHAT!? WHAT WAS THAT?! That woman was like talking to me, saying I was going to die if I didn't believe in guardian angels and stuff! And oh my god! She scares me! I don't know how I could survive!"
Amu took a deep breath, placing a hand over the Humpty Lock trying to calm herself. No, there couldn't be. Amu doubled checked to see if someone was behind her.
Amulet Fortune. . . . you, the ruler of all gods. . . . you probably had the most liberty than anyone on this planet. . . . How did it feel being in love? How did feel having no boundaries on your power? Did you have a free lifestyle? Or did someone prevent you from doing what you wished? Guardian angel or angels. . . . Either. . . . And Amulet Fortune. . . . Please give me the courage, the gift and the liberty to be who I am. To have my character reborn. To be free of limitations!
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And so, the next morning. . . .
Argh, now I have to get up. I don't even know what I want to do today, Amu grumbled in her thoughts. I'll just sleep in completely. She turned over only to find something was misplaced. Huh? Amu tossed over and felt something. What the hell? Why did I just feel something smooth? Amu turned again, before throwing off the fur comforter.
"AAAAAAAHHHHHH!" Amu screamed, so loud that even possibly the gods of Mt. Embryo must have heard her.
Because lying in her bed, were four eggs. A dark pink plaid one with a heard shaped pattern on it. A cyan blue plaid one with a spade shaped pattern on it. A light green plaid one with a three-leaf clover pattern on it. A yellow plaid one with a diamond pattern.
"I only said I wanted my character reborn! I never said I wanted to give birth!" Amu wailed.
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"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
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"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
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A/N: Hi guys. . . . I'm really having a down week. I have an upcoming test in Science, I have to take a re-test in Social Studies and I have to write a text in French. Oh and my oldest cat was put down. Yes, I'm finding it very hard to write but I'm sacrificing all of this for you pe0plez. Is it really stupid to be complaining right now? I need to get over life, ya-da, ya-da, ya-da. Bear with me, please. Even though I'm not the one dying, I was facing an unstoppable death. Although, I'm writing this for you guys. Hopefully after I almost get over all of this, I can get back to writing fully. And maybe, perhaps, there's a possibility I might update weekly. I don't know. It all depends on my moods. Please enjoy the second chapter.
P.S AH! I've seem to have forgotten some names of the characters. Of course Wikipedia is no help. You know those two girls who explained about the Guardians to Amu at the beginning of the first episode? If you remember their names, please, please tell me. For now I just used temporary names.
I do not own Shugo Chara! or its characters. All copyrights go to Peach-Pit. ©
Journey to Mt. Embryo
An Almost First Battle
What am I gonna do?
Amu's main thought. All morning. There was nothing else to take her mind off from those plaid rainbow colored eggs she found lying under her in her bed. Amu had done a lot of thinking before she got up and got dressed. Although that thinking wasn't exactly much. It was mostly the weight of the thoughts surroundings her mind and the words to speak them lying on the tip of her tongue.
Amu hesitantly reached to feel the eggs again, poking the pink one feeling its solid and smooth texture.
"It's warm!" she gasped, as she felt heat radiate from the eggs. About 40 degrees Celsius in temperature. Even Amu, with one single touch could tell. Was that the normal temperature of an ordinary living egg? Or does it have the temperature of a human. . . . ?
This means something is about to be born. . . . ! The realization came so fast in her mind, as she lightly raised it to her face to take a better examination. Amu's mind was a thousand miles away from the present. It looked out to a cloudy distant future. The future of these four eggs. Amu rubbed the egg against her delicate cheek, feeling once again its smooth texture. No matter what, as much trouble this might cause me I have to care for these eggs and whatever might. . . . come out of them. . . . Amu gulped at the thought. She couldn't picture birds. Definitely not reptiles. The closet she could picture was some type of spirit. A guardian angel. . . .
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Amu descended the wooden staircase of her hut afraid to go downstairs. She was wearing her normal smilodon tunic and cape. And her 'x' hairclip that held up her rosy hair in a side ponytail. Amu had a strong fondness for the smilodon cape she wore. Amazingly, since birth it still fits her. She could never let it go. This strong attachment to her smilodon cape was always frightening. She felt as if another person had made this smilodon cape for her, someone she knew a long time ago. . . . someone that she loved. Amu was certain she didn't love anybody. She did like somebody. Although, she didn't love him. Amu hoped one day she would get to the point where she would love him for who he was entirely.
As Amu entered the dining room, Ami was jumping up and down on the grey wolf canopy singing a ballad that was surprisingly not off-tune. As expected of Ami. . . . Amu gently thought in the direction towards her sister. Her father however was busily painting a portrait of her baby sister repeating in an awed voice "Papa's little sparrow!"
"Good morning, Amu-chan," Midori greeted her from the stove.
Amu shook her head and walked over to the dining table to find her mom frying fresh horned deer strips. Coincidentally, Amu had two vulture eggs sunnyside up on her plate. Amu rolled her eyes at the irony before something struck her.
"Say, Mama. . . ." she began.
"Mama, look! This beautiful portrait of Papa's little sparrow!" Tsumugu cried, interrupting Midori.
"Ah! It's sparkling!" Midori squealed, bringing her hands to cup her own face.
Never mind. . . . Amu 's thoughts were irritated as she sat down. I won't tell her then. Darn, Papa. No offense to him. Amu stared unhappily towards her gooey parents going ga-ga over Ami.
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After breakfast. . . .
"Amu-chan," Midori glanced over her shoulder to look Amu in the eye. "There's an important notice."
Amu wondering gaze traveled over to Midori washing the cutlery in the water basin. "Yeah, Mama?"
"There's a town meeting held today at noon sharp and ends in the early afternoon. As a scribe I must attend to record the events of the Seiyo tribe-," Midori started listing her responsibilities as a seiyan scribe. Amu exhaled in annoyance. It's not her mother she found irritating, but rather that even her sweetly kind mother and overprotective loving father who always listed constantly their duties as a scribe. Another reason people treated Amu like royalty. Since her parents took their jobs so seriously they expected Amu to passionate about something too although they didn't what it was as long as the motivation resembled those of her parents. "-and Ami-chan's coming with me. Your father, sadly cannot come because he is transporting new loads of paint of the seiyan caves. What I want to know is whether you be coming with me or possibly hunting?"
"I don't know about hunting Mama, but I'm definitely not going to the town meeting. You know how I am about public gatherings," Amu made a flick of her hand dismissively.
Midori smiled pitifully. "Amu-chan, you know one of these days you'll have to attend them."
"That's right," Tsumugu nodded in agreement.
"Yeah, well, it'll be a choice of life and death when that happens, Papa," Amu joked, standing up.
"I don't think we'll be the ones forcing you, Amu," Midori murmured in a low voice. Amu was sure what she said wasn't meant to here. Midori only used Amu's name with a honorific under bizzare or mysterious situations. Still, even after agreeing with this of thought Amu came out with a 'Huh?'
"Oh, nothing," Midori blushed at her mistake. "So what will you be doing then, Amu-chan?"
"Possibly hunting," Amu repeated Midori's words with a smile. "Talking a stroll in the northern mountains or explore Mt. Embryo."
"Be careful," Tsumugu warned. "It is not the glacial mammals or hazardous mountain risks you should be cautious about. The Seiyo tribe may surroundings the entire northern mountain region and Mt. Embryo but there is always a lone scavenger or outsider wandering on Mt. Embryo. After all, Mt Embryo is known to attract all sorts of people. Not just the bad or good ones."
"You're such an amateur, Papa," Amu mocked. The First Generation K had once said the same thing as Tsumugu did. "I'm off," Amu told them as she strapped her quiver fulls arrows and hunting bow to her back. Without her parents' notice Amu had tied a pouch to her waist, making certain the four eggs were comfortable and had free space around them from being crushed.
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Amu walked past many huts, admiring the weather. It was early March and spring had already come early. The snow in the village had already melted. A girl squealed and a boy's jaw dropped open. Everyone froze or dropped whatever they were holding or carrying.
"Miss Amu Hinamori!"
"The Cool & Spicy Amu Hinamori!"
Amu sweat dropped. When are they really going to drop it? she demanded in her thoughts. Amu was so angry in this moment even the though in her own brain were echoing against the cranium walls. She still was a neutral and cold as possible on the outside when she passed the others.
"Hi, Miss Hinamori," the girl hazel brown hair came up to her. As girl with oval spectacles and jet black hair stood by her side.
Amu blinked. "Hey, I remember you guys. You were the girl who helped me find that spare pole at the main fire place yesterday and you were the girl standing next to her. You're name, Minami and Rei right?"
"You remembered!" the girls chorused, their eyes sparkling.
"IT'S THE GUARDIANS!"
A group of four students walked forward gracefully. A boy in the lead, his hair a lovely sunny blond and his eyes a captivating red jasper. He wore a sleeveless blue cape. A girl at his side, her head a massive pile of gold locks with golden hard eyes. She wore a sleeveless red cape. A boy with coal green hair and dark unreadable brown eyes, he was wearing oval spectacles. He also wore the similar sleeveless blue cape. A girl across from him, her eyes an innocent hazel with her caramel brown hair pulled back into pigtails also wore the same red sleeveless cape.
"Huh? The Guardians?"
"Since you don't spend time in the village much you probably don't much about them do you Miss Hinamori?" Minami asked.
"Uh, no not really. . . ."
"The Guardians are four member council that protect the villagers from any harsh occurrences from outside the Seiyo tribe," Rei explained. "Kind of like police in a way."
"The King's Chair, Prince Tadase Hotori!" Minami squealed.
"The Queen's Chair, Lady Rima Mashiro!" Rei screamed.
"The Jack's Chair, Sir Kairi Sanjou!" Minami cried.
"The Ace's Chair, Miss Yaya Yuiki!" Rei giggled.
"They truly are guardians," Amu muttered to herself. "Huh? I thought that Kukai Souma was the Jack's Chair?"
"Oh no," Rei wagged her finger, smiling knowingly. "Sir Kukai was the original first Jack alongside the First King."
"There was a king before him?" Amu inclined her head towards the angelic King's Chair.
"Yes," Minami grinned. "Along with Lady Nadeshiko Fujisaki. She was the original Queen's Chair before Lady Rima Mashiro. There's rumor going that Nadeshiko's twin brother Nagihiko Fujisaki will be the next Jack's Chair after Sir Kairi Sanjou."
Amu's face was deep in thought.
"Even though they're no longer official Guardians, Sir Kukai and Lady Nadeshiko and even Mr. Nagihiko sometimes help out with the Guardian duties," Rei informed her.
"Hmm," Amu pursued her lip, staring over at the King's Chair. Oh, Prince! You're looking more like an angel ever day! Only if I could reach out to you! Amu's thoughts were desperate. Although, I bet being accepted as Guardian is easy for you. People accept you for who you are. I wish I could be that honest with a crowd.
In the same instant, Amu felt a nudge at her side. Stealing a moment to look into her pouch, Amu noticed the pink plaid heart-patterned egg wiggled. "What?" Amu scoffed in disbelief. "What's going on? Stop moving!"
Tadase Hotori gazed to see a different source of noise. He saw a girl with rosy hair and flushed cheeks in both panic and anger stuff something further into a pouch strapped to her waist. He blinked. Is it my imagination. . . . ? Tadase spotted three plaid eggs with pattern on it. Pink hearts, blue spades and green three-leaf clovers. It can't be! Before he knew it, Tadase had placed his hand on her shoulder before she could run away in distress. Shocked amber eyes penetrated him.
Amu stared in shock as the Prince placed a perfect hand on her shoulder. No way, no way, no way! He did not just see those eggs! What other reason would he be confronting her for? Something like 'Hi, miss? I just saw four eggs in your pouch and I was wondering. . . . you're not a mutant vulture or dinosaur are you?' Yes, most definitely. However, Amu didn't think they noticed her diamond egg. It was stuffed deeper into her pouch than the rest of her eggs. Although Prince wouldn't be saying something like that. Amu abruptly returned to the present, people chattering all around her. Oh, that's just great! she exclaimed.
"Excuse me, do you have. . . .?" the Prince tried to ask.
"Huh?" Amu sneered. Darn it.
In a flash of lightning, Amu had slapped off Prince's hand from her shoulder. Gaps and whistles filled the air around her.
"She slapped him!"
"Slapped the King's Chair?! No way!"
"Prince got slapped!? How?!"
Tadase just stared speechless at the pretty and familiar but seemingly cold girl who just slapped him. Never matter the emotion, those amber eyes were captivating.
"If you're done your business, will you please not act like we're buddies, Shortie," Amu snapped, trying to make her expression as neutral and her eyes as cold as she could. She succeed for Tadase noticed the melting amber in her eyes turned to hard stone.
"S-Sorry," Tadase apologized, a reflex reaction. He didn't even blush or look flustered by their encounter. The shock of seeing those eggs was alot for him.
Amu walked away fighting internally with herself. Ah! That was my first contact with my dreamy Prince! You stupid, stupid, stupid ass! I hate you! Amu punched herself internally. The entire way walking through the village, she pouted.
- Back to the Guardians. . . .
Nadeshiko Fujisaki stepped out the bushes still wearing the red Royal Cape even if she wasn't the Queen's Chair anymore. "Hotori-kun, that girl. . . ."
"Yeah," Tadase nodded knowingly.
"Yaya saw it too!" the Ace's Chair giggled. "That girl had three guardian eggs!"
The ex-Jack's Chair walked out from the same part of the bushes as Nadeshiko did. "A formidable person showed up," he whistled.
"Mr. Souma," Kairi said respectively. "I understand you are in constant quarrels with her and you are very indebted to her family."
"Yup," Kukai grinned. "But now that she has three guardian eggs, I'll have tons of fun toying with her."
Rima made a tsk, tsk sound. "Do whatever you guys want. See if I care," she ran a petite, porcelain hand through a mass of golden locks and walked away.
As the others Guardians were deep in thought and staring at the Queen's Chair walking away, Nadeshiko was shaking her head, a hand covering her face.
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At noon. . . .
"Aw, man! This is so darn frustrating!" Amu exclaimed, stomping her foot. Twice she had gone around the base of the northern mountains to hunt and every time she lost her prey because she either caught herself thinking of the Guardians or of Prince. Prince. . . . Amu's eyes watered at the thought of him.
Go to that meeting Amu. . . .
Go to that meeting!
You need to apologize!
It's too embarrassing!
It was insensitive!
Still. . . .
WHY ME!? YOU WANTED TO GET AWAY FROM HIM TOO!
Come on, Amu-chan! Show a little honesty here! It's in your character right? Or it will be. . . .
Huh? Amu froze at the new voice that entered her head. It was a cheerful, high-pitched voice with a bundle of fun. And it certainly was not her consience.
Go tell him your feelings. Being honest with yourself is a whole new perspective of apologizing!
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In the Ouritsu Senzai. . . .
Tadase took a deep breath, still trying to move on with the town meeting. He figured it had been a mistake to walk in public early because of that girl. It was not because she was going to be the next of the Guardians or because she possessed three guardian eggs. It was because he felt something. Something different. As if he knew Amu Hinamori before in a past life. That's ridiculous Tadase! a familiar yelled at him in his head. Yes, of course. You're right. Thank you, Kiseki. And Tadase moved on with the town meeting. "Does anyone have any suggestions?"
"Yes!" a high-pitched, sweet and somewhat familiar voice squeaked. Amu Hinamori burst through the doors of the Ouritsu Senzai, her voice somehow different from its usual manner and a pink heart-shaped hairclip held her side ponytail instead of an 'x' one. "I love you, my prince!"
Tadase immediately felt the change coming. "I'm sorry. I cannot accept your confession. I am already in love with someone else."
At the corner of his eye, he saw Kukai from behind one of the curtains stare at him with disbelieving eyes. Whenever Tadase rejected someone else confession, he would not simply add 'I am already in love with someone else' . However, it felt like he was in love with someone. It felt like a loved a very special girl since he met Amu Hinamori. And it was Amu Hinamori who confessed to him. She isn't the one I love. . . . Tadase was positive of that.
By the time he had finished his thought, Yaya was shaking him and everyone in the hall was chattering. Amu Hinamori was nowhere to be found.
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What was that? When did I become so bold? I feel like I want to crawl in a hole! Amu echoed.
She raced out of the Ouritsu Senzai, her eyes squeezed shut not aware of her surroundings. Where? Where could she go to get the release or enough privacy in general?!
Then it happened. Somehow, Amu ended up on Mt. Embryo. Amu had only been on the mountain once and that was when she was small. It was when she was five and met the First Generation K for the first time. Midori and Tsumugu had just been hired as scribes for the tribe and Ami wasn't even a fetus yet. The First Generation K had explained most of the northern perimeter of the northern mountains and nearly everything about Mt. Embryo. For some reason Amu felt warm, hearty and safe on Mt. Embryo despite its many-colourful-words reputation.
"OW!" Amu cried as she stumbled forward into a black bit, grazing her knee over a sharp pointed stone. What she felt when she fell was that she didn't expect the hard landing that was supposed to be. No in fact her landing was soft and warm. Very warm and familiar. . . . Like the warmth of a furry animal.
"Urgh, I was having a really good dream. . . ." a deep voice groaned.
Huh? A boy? Amu stared into deep eyes. A boy that looked to be in his late teens and maturing into his early twenties, with midnight blue hair and deep saphire eyes and a black uniform and cross motifs was lying under her. Under her.
"ARGH!" Amu shrieked out in embarrassment realizing her position. A deep pink flush colored her cheeks. I've never seen him before but he seems familiar, Amu mused silently. He looks kind of cool and. . . . handsome. Amu's flush turned into a blush at this thought. "A. . . a dream? You couldn't have been sleeping be here?" He may seem familiar, look cool and handsome but this guy. . . . this guy's really bizarre.
". . . . eggs. . . ."
"What?" she said, her mouth going dry.
The boy leaned forward, only increasing Amu's blush. He sniffed her for an awkward moment before pulling back revealing an especially evil smirk on his face.
"You have the smell of birth," he accused with a taunting smirk. "You have a character."
Crud. The boy moved forward his hands feeling the front of Amu and the back of her. "What the hell? Watch where you're touching, you pedophile!"
"Here. . . . ?" he grunted, a he skimmed the front of Amu's body with long, warm and extremely masculine hands. "And here. . . . ?" He skimmed the back of Amu. He didn't even seem to pay attention to Amu's furious blush.
"Ah!" she moaned as his hands kept probing her. Trying to keep calm, Amu took a deep breath and gritted her teeth. "Do. Not. Touch. Me. You. (Choose the swear word of your choice and place it here.)!"
"Ta-da," the boy pulled out Amu's plaid pink heart egg.
"What?!" Amu cried in disbelief, as she looked downwards into her opened pouch. The blue spade and green clover one were still in there. At the corner of her eye Amu spotted the yellow diamond egg still safely tucked at the bottom of her pouch. "That heart egg! Give it back you weird thief!"
"Hey, hey, no need to be so rough," the boy mumbled.
There was a loud rumble that echoed throughout the valley. The ground underneath trembled. No way! An earthquake?! NOW?!
Suddenly, the pink heart lying in the boy's palm wiggled slipped from his grasp. "Damn!" Amu thought she had heard him mutter. A crack escaped from the egg. And then it hatched. A little girl with dark pink hair which was tied in a side ponytail using a heart-shaped hair clip and wore a pink sun visor. She wore a bandanna around her neck and a light pink cheerleader outfit along with pink sneaks and pom-poms. The little girl stared at Amu with peculiar pink eyes.
"Holy crap! The egg!" Amu stared, her jaw hanging.
"Hey! What the heck are you doing standing there, Amu-chan!?" the little girl demanded in a high-pitched voice.
"Hey, you were that voice inside my head earlier!" she accused.
"Turn a cute stubborn girl into cheerful honest one!" she shrieked in that upbeat high-pitched voice. "Character change: Hop! Step! Jump!"
Amu's 'x' hairclip turned into a pink heart-shaped one and wings appeared at her wrists and ankles sending her soaring into the bright blue sky. "What the hell? What is it with these old fashion little kid items! This is my sister's style! Not mine!"
"'My sister's style'!" the little girl scoffed. "I just saved your life!"
"'Just saved my life' my ass," Amu spat. "By the way who even are you? How is this happening? What are you going to me?"
"My name is Ran," the little girl puffed proudly. "Is it because of your will that you changed! With me, I made that possible, Amu-chan! I am your guardian angel. . . . no rather your guardian character!"
"Guardian. . . . character. . . ." Amu mumbled numbly.
"So, the strongest scent had come from your first egg, huh?" a voice spoke conversationally.
Amu and Ran turned to find the same boy, staring at them maliciously standing on a cliff. This time he had black cat ears on either side of his head and an annoying black tail flicking side to side. It seemed so vaguely familiar to Amu.
"That boy. . . ." Amu muttered defensively. "And what's the retarded cat ears?!"
"Careful, Amu-chan!" Ran warned. "That guy's an egg thief! He'll steal your other eggs!"
As Ran was warning Amu, the boy spoke over his shoulder with a small black cat figure whose eyes were a bright moonlight yellow.
"Your name. . . . it's Amu isn't it?" the boy began, pointing towards her.
Amu backed a few steps. "Yeah, so?"
"Better watch where you fly. A malfunction and the fall could be deadly," he smirked at his own joke, before he launched himself towards Amu. "Itadekimasu."
Amu screamed. She screamed as loud as she could and it affected her character change process.
"Amu-chan!" Ran screamed, concerned.
"Uh," Amu grunted. Huh? I didn't fall? AGAIN!?
"Using this girl as a target. . . . as expected of you, thieving cat," a kind but ferocious voice said. "You know that going after newborns are against the rules, don't you?"
Amu raised her head and stared at a boy with sunlight blond hair and mesmerizing jasper eyes. A small crown fit the top of his and he held a royal scepter in his hand. Prince?!
The cat boy landed on top of a boulder. "Well, well, well if it isn't Kiddy King? Long time no see."
"I will not let you hurt her, Ikuto Tsukiyomi!" Tadase yelled.
Ikuto Tsukiyomi smirked.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
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A/N: I am so sorry I didn't get this chapter published! I was well on my way to completing it, I swear to god! I had made a rough draft on paper! Urgh. . . . It has been a long weekend and I haven't gotten to this in forever. I caught a cold last Monday but it's wearing off now. Yeah! I took my Social Studies this week! I was 90% sure that I would've got one hundred percent but I left the first question abandoned because I was distracted by the second question. How stupid is that? I studied alot. I recently got obsessed with Star Wars all over again and I want to hug myself because of it. Ah. . . . I love Anakin and Luke. They're like, so awesome! Anyways, for the first time in my stupid, miserable life (I cannot believe I haven't done this before) I have read The Da Vinci Code and I am recently finished Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. I'm going to see the movie of Angels&Demons tomorrow. ;D I never knew Tom Hanks played Robert Langdon. I apologize for being two weeks late. Studying and all. I'll be back on track soon I promise! Hope you enjoy this chappie~!
Senin's Author Notes: Screw it being the Ice Age okay? It's an alternative era similar to the Ice Age but more developed, more intelligent and more "magical". So yes, technically they have things like plastic. You could say that, yes. Many things are native themed, European themed and Asian themed and other aboriginal races like Aztecs or Africans. :D
I do not own Shugo Chara! or its characters. All copyrights go to Peach-Pit. ©
Journey to Mt. Embryo
Earlier that day. . . .
A loud chime echoed from the center of the valley, the wind carrying the sound throughout the northern mountains all the way up to Mt. Embryo. Ikuto Tsukiyomi was abruptly awakened from his afternoon slumber, his saphire eyes snapping open. He stared at a bright blue sky above him, filled with bleached puffs. The same breeze which carried the chime ruffled his hair and clothes. Ikuto preferred wearing his black cross uniform rather than wearing the normal dark and somber mauve robes Easterian aristocrats wore. He'd rather wear his so-called late father attire.
The loud chime echoed even louder extensively within the valley, bringing Ikuto's mind back to his sole purpose. Another chime burst into its repeating melody. He didn't need his feline senses to focus on this. He waited until the next echo of nothing transformed into a soaring chime.
He knew this sound! No way!
"This sound. . . . is the Humpty Lock," Ikuto slowly realized in a husky tone.
He stood up languidly before gazing down at the Seiyo tribe. If no one knows where the Humpty Lock is then how is it coming from down there? Ikuto just knew that hanging around the outskirts of Mt. Embryo particularly the shoulder wouldn't solve anything. Although what could he do if the Lock was nowhere to be found?
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Back to the present. . . .
Even remembering his thoughts from the early afternoon still couldn't quite place the shock. This girl. . . . this fragile child with ivory skin, rosy hair and cheeks with eyes of melting amber. . . . how did she come in possession of the Humpty Lock? Not only did she seem to own it but it reacted to her every move. Every move this girl made alongside her newborn character.
Ikuto had forgotten all about the Humpty Lock when he glimpsed her eggs. She had three eggs! Who ever held a record of having three eggs? Ikuto was so surprised by the moment that there was a possibility one of her eggs was the embryo. So he went after her, searched her eggs although one had hatched. Disappointment flooded Ikuto with little hope left. However, something about this girl made it more than just an egg hunt. Her feisty attitude and stubborn demeanor made him want to laugh. Strange enough, she made him forget all his troubles in life. It was totally bizarre for a girl he just met a while ago to amuse him like this. It was all up to Kiddy King to make his day. All the sudden, Tadase waltzes into a moment in his life and shatters it.
"I will not let you hurt her!" he had yelled. In the absurdity of it all, Ikuto smirked. He tried picturing Tadase using all of his strength to protect this girl.
Amu, Ikuto corrected himself. Start referring to her as 'Amu' not 'girl'. It irritated him how Tadase wrapped his arms securely around Amu's fragile but slender frame. It didn't feel right to him yet it felt familiar too. Which didn't make sense.
Tadase put Amu down. A crismon blush stained her cheeks and Amu clutched her smilodon tunic tightly.
"Stay behind me and you'll be safe. Alright, Miss Hinamori?" Tadase smiled gently.
"O-Okay," Amu stammered and stood behind him.
As soon as Tadase thought she was safe, his face grew unfriendly instantly and he raised his royal scepter in front of him.
Ikuto dodged it quite neatly, landing on the nearest boulder covered with masses of dead roots before launching his Phantom Claw at Tadase. A gold barrier surrounded Amu and Tadase just as Ikuto's attack reached them.
"I promise to protect her from any danger that you and your tribe will present her with, egg stealer!" Tadase promsied. "Holy Crown!" Tadase's golden barrier shots jets of gold molasses at Ikuto.
Normally, this normal thing wouldn't have bothered Ikuto. Anything Tadase said never really bothered Ikuto since that time even when he protected a girl, which didn't happen often with Tadase here. Although, with Amu around it made Ikuto unusually prickly. He swiped his old acquaintance's advance with his giant blue paw. "And I promise to do what I please with her, depending on the flick of my tail," Ikuto vowed quite suddenly, a playful smirk on his face. Inside, Ikuto was surprised with himself. The words he just spoke right now were true enough.
Amu couldn't believe her eyes. Two boys one a prince, another a mutant were fighting over her just because she had eggs. Amu gazed up at Ran's tiny figure floating just a few inches above her head. Ran sensed Amu's gaze for she looked down on Amu and smiled at her. Why are you smiling when there's violence surrounding us and I have no idea what's going on? Amu wondered in her thoughts, still puzzled.
"It's alright, Amu-chan," Ran told her assuringly. "If you believe in yourself and commit to what you believe, you can do the right thing with your own power."
My own. . . . power. . . . ? Amu was even more confused. My own power to do what's right? I only need to believe in myself? I need to commit myself? How can I do that? I can't just believe with a snap of my fingers! Unless I commit to the things I believe in already. . . . and believe in them even strongly. . . . using my own power!
"Character change: Hop! Step! Jump!"
"What-?" Tadase was cut off by a huge blast of pink light. He recoiled back only to cover the hand clutching his scepter that was charred.
"Tech," Ikuto spat, leaping back two meters from where he was. He squeezed tightly his burnt shoulder that unexpected beam of light caused. "What the hell? What's she doing there?!" Ikuto cried out in disbelief, after he recovered from his injury who was slowly healing but at rapid pace. Feline sense have their perks, he thought with a smirk. Although, it's what Ikuto should be thinking right now. Right now Amu Hinamori stood perfectly in the middle of Ikuto and Kiddy King's battle field, pink wings at her ankles and knuckles with pink light filling her palms.
So that's what burnt me! Tadase realized. Amu Hinamori, you possess incredible power even in a character change!
Amu sweat dropped. "What the fuck?" she demanded. "What did I just do?! YOU!"
"I didn't do it, Amu-chan!" Amu's little character protested.
"Then why do I find myself high with adrenaline and with two boys who have a charred skin on either side of me?!" Amu cried angrily, resisting the urge to punch something.
"It was your inner desire, Amu-chan," Ran winked. "You did what I told you. You believed in yourself and committed yourself to something and defended it using your own power."
"Great! First you control me and my so-called powers and now my inner desire!" Amu gagged over the words as if they were worse than a dirty swear.
Ran pouted as if she's been just insulted. Her peculiar pink eyes were losing its shine. "Amu-chan. . . ."
Amu took a deep breath, calming herself. "Alright, I'm sorry. . . . Ran?"
A friendly smile crossed Ran's face. "Amu-chan!"
She's making an improvement, Tadase remarked. It was fascinating the way she futilely tried to alienate her guardian character but in the end reluctantly accepted it afterwards. Amu Hinamori was like no girl Tadase had ever encountered.
Damn, Ikuto cursed. The closer she is to her guardian character, the less likely she'll want to abandon the rest of her eggs. I need to do something, quick. Trying to take advantage of his possible element of surprise, Ikuto took a couple of steps back before launching his Phantom Claw at Amu. Her reaction was not expected. It seemed more like an old reflex reaction. Ikuto found himself -not pinned- but rooted to the ground as he tried to solidify his unsure footing, as Amu futile tried to pin her forearm into his neck with her arm. She formidable and agile, Ikuto thought with surprise.
Amu smiled internally. I always knew I was agile although. . . . I never thought I possessed strength like this. On the outside, she no longer had cold façade or was in a confusing state. She was even grunting in effort or pain trying to pin this guy -Ikuto, Amu corrected herself. Call him Ikuto.- Ikuto down or backwards. What she felt a feeling of familiarity that felt so fantastic that she was smiling in ecstasy. I've experienced this type of encounter before. . . . I just don't know when and I don't how.
Now it was Ikuto who grunted as melting amber dove into his eyes. Those eyes had a frightening misty quality to it. She has such power.
"Why do you hunt?"
Ikuto jerked as if he had been electrified. This situation is too familiar. . . . he mused silently. Why do it feel like I've been asked the same question before? "To rid of my sorrow," was his answer. What. . . . ?
This words aren't mine! Amu cried in her thoughts as they bounced for what seemed to be an eternity on the cranium walls of her head.
"Ikuto Tsukiyomi!" Amu heard behind her. Prince! she recalled. He's still here?
In one blow, Amu landed straight onto her back and into Prince's arms. Her held her tightly, his hands around her waist. She shuddered at how almost right this was.
"You'd better be careful," a husky voice had whispered in her ear before she landed in Prince's arms.
Amu opened her eyes. Tadase still had both his arms wrapped around her slender body and he was surprised on how it didn't feel uncomfortable. Despite his feelings, he has more pressing matters to attend to. Amu Hinamori who was shaken by so much in everything that happened in so little time. Her cheeks were still stained with that same crimson blush that made her look utterly beautiful.
Before Tadase could gawk at her, Miss Hinamori pulled out of his arms.
"I'm sorry," she apologized, bowing down low.
"Amu-chan. . . ." her pink guardian character came to float beside her.
"Miss-?" Tadase asked, alarmed.
"About what I said-"
As Miss Hinamori was talking Tadase pulled out a handkerchief and applied it to her face, wiping the traces of dirt. Amu was cut off short as Prince's perfect hand cupped her face, only a silk handkerchief in the way.
"It's alright. You don't need to apologize. The fault is entirely mine. I promised I would protect you, right Miss Hinamori?" Prince smiled angelically. Amu fought a shudder as this.
"Hotori-kun. . . ." a voice came from a distance.
The ex-Queen's Chair, Nadeshiko Fujisaki stood on the far side of cliff smiling at Tadase. She's so. . . . beautiful. . . . Amu thought in awe. Miss Fujisaki's long elegant ebony hair was pulled back and into a high position held with faux cherry blossom flowers. She must've got them from the Japanese Tribe, Amu noticed. Her deep brown eyes were unreadable but a refined smile was on her lips only distributing the emotion of a true lady.
"Hotori-kun, you'd better return. Everyone's getting worried," Nadeshiko informed Tadase, never looking straight at Amu.
"Alright," Tadase nodded. "I'll be right there."
"Uh, um, th-this?"Amu stuttered nervously, as she held out the silk handkerchief.
"You keep it, Miss Hinamori. As long as it's yours it'll keep you safe," Tadase threw her a kind smile before disappearing in the midst of shadows.
Right before both the King's Chair and ex-Queen's Chair disappeared, Nadeshiko threw an amused glance in Amu's direction and giggled.
With Nadeshiko and Tadase. . . .
"So?" Nadeshiko pressed when she caught up to Tadase.
The King's Chair smiled in acknowledgment. "The First Generation K was right. . . . she possesses a massive amount of power even in a character change."
"So she is just as formidable as Souma-kun predicted," Nadeshiko decided then, pursuing her lip.
"I wouldn't if it was possible that Souma-kun could have premonitions," Tadase laughed. "But there was something else. . . ."
Nadeshiko noticed the immediate serious change in her fellow 'co-worker'. "What is it, Hotori-kun?"
"You how after the secret of the embryo was revealed all tribes on Earth got into a huge riot and it created a huge massacre?" he began in a low voice.
Nadeshiko's eyes narrowed. "Yes."
"Well," Tadase said carefully. "You know how it was said that the legendary Humpty Lock was able to guide us to the embryo but no one has ever reported seeing it and that so far only the Seiyo tribe and the Easter tribe know that Ikuto Tsukiyomi owns the Dumpty Key the counter part of the Lock?"
Nadeshiko's ebony brows knitted together. "I'm afraid I don't understand, Hotori-kun. . . ."
Tadase exhaled, his hands curled into fists. "Amu Hinamori is in possession of the Humpty Lock."
Nadeshiko's widened in shock.
* * *
The next morning. . . .
Amu stared soundlessly at her reflection in the water basin. She had dark circles under her dulled amber eyes and her hair was a total mess. "That was the worst dream I have ever had," she mumbled to herself.
"Not really," Ran said in an unruffled voice, her pink head poking out of Prince's handkerchief. Amu wasn't surprised. She delicately picked up the handkerchief and cradled it in her hands before inhaling its scent.
"Oh, Prince! Your scent is exquisite!" Amu swooned, her eyes shining strangely.
Ran tried to suppress her laughter, pressing her minuscule hands to her lips. "Amu-chan's a smell pervert." Her pink eyes bore into Amu with that same peculiar tone to it.
Amu threw Ran an annoyed glance, crossing her arms. "Why do you look so amused?" she demanded. "It's your fault he rejected me in the first place!"
"It's alright, Amu-chan," Ran said cheerily, floating in the air with pink pom-poms. "You just gotta keep trying and beat out the competition with your best shot!"
"It's not that easy. . . ." Amu mumbled, standing up and walking over to her large wardrobe scanning for her black and red plaid cotton uniform. "Besides why are you even here?!"
"I'm your guardian character!" Ran was saying still with a cheering edge to her high-pitched voice. "I'm always with you."
"Well, I don't want you with me," Amu blew Ran off, fitting her red plaid cravat around her neck as she fitted nicely into her uniform.
"I have to be Amu-chan!" Ran whined, no longer happy. "Or else your would-be self will disappear!"
"I won't disappear," Amu rolled her eyes, walking back over to her mirror and sitting down. She pushed her water basin aside and the shelves of Amu's dresser were now filled hair products and accessories.
"I still have to help to care of those other eggs until they hatch," Ran insisted as Amu picked up a brush and started treading through her hair.
"Whether I had you guys or not, I really wouldn't need help taking care of eggs," Amu told her in an absentminded tone when she combed her rosy bangs neatly.
"Whether you knew what would hatch out of these eggs and I still was one, you'd still take of care of us nevertheless!" Ran retorted, getting angrier by the minute. "You can't fool us, Amu-chan! We know you just as you know yourself!"
Amu put down her comb and stared at Ran with an expressionless face. "I still doubt everything you're telling me and I still find this situation has a dreamy quality but you're right. I'm sorry, Ran."
Ran smiled. "Thanks Amu-chan," she breathed in relief.
Amu was confused by what Ran had said. "Or else your would-be self will disappear!" Why would Ran say something like that? Amu was wordless the entire morning, even as she finished tied her hair back with her 'x' hairclip and even when she strapped her quiver and bow on her back. There was a tribe policy that all younglings of the village must participate or attend extra curricular activities they desire for the first half of a day for five days a week. Amu would often go hunting even on her own personal time so it didn't really matter. She would hunting solo rather than go with Hunting Club. Nevertheless, there was still a seiyan headquarters called 'The Academy' that all youngsters must be present at so the First Generation K knows they're still doing extra curricular activities. After age eighteen you no longer need to follow that policy. They did the same thing at the Easter tribe as well.
"Where will you put your eggs?" Ran inquired when Amu was about to head out. She stopped in her tracks and gazed at the three other eggs lying on her bedside table. I almost forgot my smilodon tunic! Amu cried. She settled down on the bed and unstrapped her her quiver.
"I have a little extra space in my quiver so I can squish my smilodon tunic there. There's an extra pocket on the side here that has just enough room for the eggs," Amu pointed to the side of her quiver so Ran could see.
"You know I think I heard the Guardians murmuring about your eggs yesterday," Ran was saying as Amu took her tunic out of her wardrobe and folded it. "They only think you have three eggs. Me, the spade one and the clover one. I don't even think that Ikuto Tsukiyomi noticed your diamond one."
Amu stared wide eyed as she stashed the tunic inside her quiver. "So you mean because I tucked the diamond egg so low in my pouch no one noticed it?"
Ran shrugged her tiny shoulders, floating to Amu's side. "That's my hypothesis. Only you, I, the spade, the clover and the diamond itself know it exists."
A dangeriously knowing smile crossed Amu's face. "I think we should tell them," Ran offered her opinion before she words ended gurgled shriek for Amu glomped Ran between her graceful fingers.
"Amu-chan! You're choking me!" Ran gasped in wisps.
"Do not tell the Guardians, am I understood?" she threatened dangerously. "The less they know about us the better! We'll leave the diamond egg safely in my old pouch at home here, got it? If you talk about it to anyone else but myself or the other eggs I will annihilate you in a toilet Ran!"
"Okay! Okay! I get it! I understand! Just please let me breathe Amu-chan!" Ran cried.
Amu let Ran go and started putting the spade and clover egg in the side pocket. Ran came to rest on her shoulder panting. Amu smiled gently at this before depositing Ran on the bed. She strapped the quiver to her back and got ready to head out.
"We're leaving Amu-chan?" Ran blinked and floated up to her.
"You bet we are."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
A/N: Like I promised before, I would get back on track. I actually already had the idea for the chapter but I never got the chance to really write it. Also, depending on the chapters' length, I might take longer to write it. Like I said, I promised I would be back on track but there's also the length to be concerned with. It also doesn't mean this chapter is really long either. Actually, the chapter An Almost First Battle and The Promise were originally supposed to be together but they were so long! So I've decided. No more splitting chapters in two. If it's going to be long, so be it! It also means that if I'm no longer back on track when I promised it means the chapter is long or I haven't gotten time to write it yet. Also I passed my latest Social Studies test! I got 87% Oh yeah! The title of my chapter is based on Yoda’s (from Star Wars for those of you who don’t remember) manner of speaking from last time’s Star Wars obsessive moments. xD This is a totally, out-of-the-blue notion but it excited me and I thought I'd share it with you guys. I was pondering on what future jobs the cast of Shugo Chara! should have in the future and this is what I got. I know it has nothing to do with the fanfiction I'm writing and I just wanted you guys to know. I already had done this on Crunchyroll so I'm not doing another poll but I want to ask your guys' opinions when you review my chapter and the careers they have. Here's the following list:
Hinamori Amu - Psychologist of Seiyo Academy and that helps famous Japanese stars that come clean out of rehab. (See what –manga reference- three years of chastising X-eggs can turn into?)
Hotori Tadase - A famous entrepreneur who helps with the world economy as the representative of Japan. (Since he can’t rule the world, he should at least help it.)
Fujisaki Nadeshiko - A famous Japanese Noh Mai dancer who is known all over Asia. (Elegance is an important element for a lady even if you weren’t naturally born female. *snicker*)
Souma Kukai - Professional skateboarder and snowboarder (Soccer and basketball are normal, but this fits.)
Yuiki Yaya - Kindergarten teacher (It’s so perfect, I amaze even myself. xD)
Rima Mashiro - Japanese comedian (Duh!)
Kairi Sanjou - The newly elected mayor of Tokyo. (As expected of Iinchou. . . . *grins*)
Nagihiko Fujisaki - Team captain for the Japanese Basketball team in the Olympics. (What did you expect?)
Hoshina Utau - International singer who has mastered the all-Asian languages as well as the speaking conversation English like BoA. (Obviously.)
Tsukiyomi Ikuto - A famous violinist who will occasionally accompany his sister and Japanese singer's songs with the violin. (Predictable but hot~! *squeal*)
It's really retarded but tell me if you can envision them doing this as their future careers.
Senin's Author Notes: I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT! Rei-chan's and Minami-chan's (Rei is the black haired girl with the glasses and Minami is the brown haired with buns girl who explains the Guardians to Amu in the first episode) real names are Wakana-chan and Manami-chan! From now on they shall be called Wakana-chan and Manami-chan! :D
I do not own Shugo Chara! or its characters. All copyrights go to Peach-Pit. ©
Journey to Mt. Embryo
Begun The Training Has
Ran stared concerned as Amu ate breakfast quietly that morning. Amu had this haunted glint in her eyes that frightened Ran. She didn't like it. Although she didn't say anything. Even if Amu hadn't threatened drowning her in a toilet she wouldn't have spoken. Even if the Seiyan bath houses had an advanced plumbing system or not Ran would prefer drowning in dirty sewer water than burning urine acid.
The Guardians have many secrets of their own, Ran heard Amu's mind say. Ran had to agree. Amu's thoughts were centered grudgingly on the Guardians. She was so concentrated on them with such furious expression she didn't notice the faces around her throughout the village and the murmurs along with them.
The Guardians know enough of our own secrets, Amu was thinking. There was even a rumor that they kept ultra super secret files of the Seiyo tribe members and memorized them. Privacy policies are hardly an issue when it comes to the Guardians.
Ran smiled in pity at this thought. So that explains the evil glint. You can grumble all you like Amu-chan. It won't make a difference if you don't speak up honestly.
"Shut up, Ran" Amu mumbled angrily as she entered The Academy doors. She was really starting to piss Amu off. As she walked over to the locker, Amu felt a presence. The Humpty Lock. Amu sighed. Sorry I've been just. . . . so depressed lately. Wait, no. 'Depressed' isn't the right word. Happiness doesn't even cover it. Nor will confused be enough. It's just been a really bittersweet experience.
The Humpty Lock flashed silver a couple of time before Ran appeared at Amu's side with a strange expression torn between confusion and pure fear.
"What was that?" she demanded in a shockingly ferocious voice.
"What was what?" Amu asked, perplexed.
"I felt a huge blast of powerful character energy hovering close to you," she explained in a dark after tone. Her eyes were hard. "In fact, it's too near to be hovering."
"Oh, that was the Humpty Lock," Amu shrugged, saying in a matter-of-fact tone. "She always flashes when she tries to cheer me up." She lifted her hand to show off the white diamond lock.
Ran's face paled. "Already. . . . ?"
Amu hadn't heard her for Manami and Wakana turned the corner. She tensed in warning. Ran sensed Amu's unease. "Relax," Ran told her. "Let yourself go into honesty." Amu took a deep intake of breath until she was face to face with the two other girls.
"Miss Hinamori, we never knew!" Manami began.
"I can't believe we were so dense," Wakana scolded with an apologetic expression.
"Huh?" Amu gaped.
"We didn't realize you liked Prince too!" Manami cried.
"It's great you're similar to us. We wanted to be your friends Amu-chan. . . . I can call you Amu-chan right?" Wakana made sure in a gentle tone.
And so Amu started to cry. She cried as Manami and Wakana gave her hugs. Finally she knows true happiness, Ran thought.
* * *
With the (ex-)Guardians. . . .
It was a shockingly bright morning, the sunlight shining blindly from the glass panels above Tadase from the ceiling of the Ouritsu Senzai. Rainbows were glowing everywhere around the large fountain illuminating the Guardians’ meeting quarters by reflected off the transparent walls. Crystalline droplets sprinkled lightly the flowers around them making them look more vibrant and alive. This is what it should always be like. . . . should’ve always been like. . . . Tadase caught himself thinking wistfully. He remembered those days. He remembered those days before his uncle persuaded his father to join the Seiyo tribe and he still vacated in Japanese tribe. Before his family was split apart. Before they split us apart, Tadase corrected himself internally, thinking of those childhood siblings.
He kept gazing wistfully at the flowers envying their peace. They had no knowledge of the perils from the outside world. Their world was harmless and well cared for by Miss Fujisaki. They just kept still; let themselves become soaked as well as absorbing blazing sunlight.
“Hotori-kun?” Tadase jumped only to find, Mr. Fujisaki bending towards him frowning. His brown eyes were intent, as he searched Tadase face for any indication of his being ill. Subconsciously, he ran a hand through his ebony hair. Tadase noticed the watering can he held.
“Oh? Mr. Fujisaki?” he cleared his throat in embarrassment, recalling he was sitting on the patio of the Ouritsu Senzai, the sun’s heat not affecting him because of the white yurt’s protective screen. “You needed something?”
“I was just concerned for your well being,” Mr. Fujisaki announced primly. “You kept staring in a different direction. I may not be part of the Guardians but the meeting’s going to start soon. Look, even Souma-kun and Yaya-chan have already arrived.” Nagihiko pointed out towards the glass doors where Yaya and Kukai were chatting conversationally as they walked towards them.
“I was admiring the flowers. I envy their never-ending serenity,” Tadase murmured his jasper gaze turning back to the flowers.
Nagihiko bent low, his head level with Tadase but at a good distance with his hand (still holding the watering can) behind his back. “That explains the wistful look in your eyes. Is there a past event you are recurring?”
“A very painful past event,” Tadase added the word in an unrecognizable tone.
Nagihiko stared at Hotori with puzzlement. As well as he knew the King’s Chair; his past was a mystery to him.
“By the way, why are you here and not Miss Fujisaki? Doesn’t she normally water the flowers?” Tadase asked tentively, his tone somewhat taunting.
Nagihiko grinned at Tadase’s tone. “She has business to take care of.”
“What business would that be?” Tadase inquired, his voice polite.
“She plans to make Miss Amu Hinamori her best friend. In order to plan this, she sent her little brother to come to the Guardian meeting.”
Tadase shook his head. “How horrible. However, if my assumptions are correct. . . . Miss Fujisaki will be a good friend for Miss Hinamori.”
Nagihiko blinked in surprise at Tadase’s blatant honesty. Whether as a male or female he would make a good friend for the girl?
“King,” a voice came to mind. “Are we ready to begin the meeting?”
Tadase looked to find Mr. Sanjou and Miss Mashiro already seated at the table. Miss Yuiki had already dug in at the snacks that had deposited on the table and Mr. Souma leaned casually against the nearest post of the yurt to listen. Mr. Fujisaki had gone back to watering the flowers but was very attentive.
“Hurry up and quit wasting my time,” Miss Mashiro complained, her eyes a stone gold. “I need to get home before my parents do.”
Tadase was mute as he registered her comment. Nagihiko shot a venomous glare in her direction. “Apologize to Hotori-kun.”
“Oh sorry,” Rima said in exaggerated innocence, twirling a golden lock around her finger. “I don’t have time for eggless people. You guys are so useless.”
Nagihiko staggered back, deeply offended. Unlike Nadeshiko, Nagihiko didn’t even have an egg, which made him the object of Rima’s insults. Rima also took in interest in both Nadeshiko and Nagihiko because not only were they ‘twins’ and almost complete opposites but they never appeared in the same room as each other. She observed them suspiciously. Only difference is, Rima was more intimidated by Nadeshiko than her ‘brother’.
“Moving on,” Tadase said nervously, holding his papers steadily. “We have this Amu Hinamori to talk about.”
“What’s to be said about her? She only has three eggs,” Rima said coldly.
“She also happens to possess amazing powers,” Kukai spoke up, his face serious. He stared at Rima evenly, his eyes earthly. “Whom Tadase has happened to witness.”
Rima became quiet after this and looked at Tadase with a bored expression but her eyes seemed dimly interested. Kairi still calm as ever waited for Tadase to speak. Nagihiko was gazing at him expectantly.
Yaya stopped eating cakes. “You saw her powers?!” she shrieked, her hazel eyes bulging.
“Yaya!” Kukai protested, covering his ears.
“Urgh! I am so jealous!” she whined, shaking her head in fast motions so her caramel pigtails were a blur. “Why does the chosen one favor the King out of all of us?!”
“Maybe ‘cuz he’s The King,” Kukai said adding a slang to his voice making him sound like an idiot.
Rima rolled her eyes. “Continue,” Kairi urged him, those dark pools chivalrously encouraging behind his rounded spectacles.
“She is powerful in a character change. I can only imagine she’ll be that powerful once her abilities reach 120%,” Tadase informed them.
“Hotori-kun. . . . You don’t mean. . . .” Nagihiko trailed off uncertainly.
Tadase inclined his head, his blond hair flashing like sunlight itself. “Yes, I mean the Legendary Character Transformation.”
“You think she’s that powerful?” Rima demanded in a high voice. “Prove it.”
“I have proof. It was only her first character. I can only imagine the others are even more powerful. This occurred during a character change,” he slipped off the bandage of his hand revealing the grave burn wounds and soon-to-be-scars.
Everyone, (even Kairi), gasped. “In a character change you say?” Kairi checked to make sure.
“Precisely, what I said,” Tadase nodded, wrapping the bandage around his hand again. “It is only fit for her to join the Guardians. I already have an invitation prepared from tea time at noon. The Queen’s Chair will hand it out to Miss Hinamori won’t you, Miss Mashiro?”
Rima shrugged. “Fine. If it’s the quickest way for me to leave.” Tadase handed her the invitation and she sped off.
“Mr. Sanjou you promise to be present?” Tadase asked.
“If it is my duty as the Jack’s Chair, so be it,” Kairi responded firmly.
Tadase gave his thanks right before Yaya shrieked ‘yes’ many times. “Mr. Souma? Mr. Fujisaki?”
“I still have to water the flowers,” Nagihiko winked.
“I have to train her. We have to tell her the basics,” Kukai said, running a hand through that russet mess. “Besides it’s about time I toyed with the girl again. What was it? Like the last hunting trip we had together?”
“Mr. Souma,” Tadase scolded disapprovingly, something prickling inside him. Anger. . . . ? As Kukai left the Ouritsu Senzai, Nagihiko went back to his watering leaving Tadase to ponder about the mysterious girl he’d come to encounter.
* * *
“What?” Amu gawked at the minuscule Queen’s Chair standing in front of her.
Rima regarded the girl coldly. “We, the Guardians, are inviting you for afternoon tea time, Miss Amu Hinamori. Be sure to be there. Also, Fujisaki told me the King’s Chair is looking forward to it.”
Before Rima left she glanced uncertainly at the glowing Humpty Lock around Amu’s neck.
Amu stared dumbstruck at the petite lady walking away from her in a daze. I got invited to the Ouritsu Senzai by the Guardians? By Prince?!
Amu stared numbly at the pale scroll of parchment in her hand, wrapped solely by a thin string of gold and a stamped wax ‘G’ symbol holding the scroll altogether. Ran appeared at Amu’s hands.
“Open it, Amu-chan,” Ran urged, tugging on one of her graceful fingers. The impact of Ran’s strength was surprising.
“Hey, whoa there! Ran, what are you doing? Calm down!” Amu grabbed her by the back of her pink outfit and bringing her to the level of her face. “I’m not going to that meeting.”
“Why not? Tadase-kun is expecting you!” Ran demanded her peculiar eyes upset. It was obvious there was something they had that she wanted.
“Well, because it’s a beautiful day outside,” Amu gestured to her surroundings. “It’s a perfect day for hunting mammoths.” Despite Amu’s lame protest her logic had reason.
The snow from two weeks ago was completely melted, flower buds blooming from the rising green earth and the towering trees from above. It was already confirmed that the cherry blossoms from the Asian tribes, the Seiyo tribe and the Easter tribe were in full bloom. Already since spring had started things had gone fairly well, the tribe already occupying the Seiyan gardens, much less the Ouritsu Senzai. The weather had been so nice lately, that mammoth herds were already moving towards Mt. Embryo and feeding on the outskirt orchids.
It was the perfect opportunity for hunters. In spite of the heat, mammoths would sacrifice their comfort via eating their preferred food and right before the summer solstice where the mammoth herds headed back up north. Then the Seiyo tribe and Easter tribe would be stuck with the smilodon saber-tooth tigers for two and a half seasons.
Amu hated how Kukai would always tease her primary hunting skills when she was now a novice hunter. It didn’t help when Kukai’s brothers downright offended Amu to her face of she couldn’t hunt and at least they could take down a mammoth when Kukai himself hadn’t killed the bloody puffy elephant yet.
“You can’t go in the outskirts!” Ran shrieked, alarmed. “There are no boundaries out there! The other tribes could hold as hostage and use you to get to the embryo! Not the embryo!”
Amu blinked. The embryo? I haven’t heard that one before. “What’s the embryo?”
Ran blushed, apparent of her mistake. “Nothing. I didn’t mean to say that. I don’t want you to get mixed up in something that doesn’t concern you.” And with that Ran turned, floating in the opposite direction of where Amu wanted to hunt and the Ouritsu Senzai.
“What?” Amu asked absentmindly in a loud voice before coming to her senses. Now what in heaven’s name is Ran talking about? Amu thought furiously. How her guardian character be treating her like an underling? That is unacceptable! “What doesn’t concern me?” Amu prodded insistently. “And what’s with this rubbish called the ‘embryo’?”
Ran huffed in annoyance. Amu noted an odd arrested expression in her pink eyes. As if she was fearful that Amu would find out about something grave that never meant to involve her and would if she learnt about it. “The embryo is what doesn’t concern you.”
“Why shouldn’t be?” Amu drawled, keeping her cool again. “You’re the one that mentioned it and in the following piqued my curiosity. Now what the devil are going on about? How could it not concern me, Ran?!”
“Concerning the fact you might put your life at risk, that’s what!” Ran snarled, her cold eyes boring into Amu’s. “I’d rather not talk about it, mind you.”
“In fact, I do mind,” Amu said icily, crossing her arms in defiance. Amber looked intensely into pink.
Ran sighed again, suddenly becoming her usual cheery self. “C’mon Amu-chan! We’ll be late for the Guardian meeting!” Her small figure floated up to her Amu’s arms and started tugging on her sleeve.
“Hogwash!” Amu cried, recoiling back and gripping her wrist. “It’s a Guardian tea party not a Guardian meeting, by the way.”
Ran rolled her eyes. “Either way I’m going without you Amu-chan.”
“They have something you want,” Amu breathed wryly.
Ran’s smile was mystique. “No, Amu-chan. They have something you want. Remember you and I are the same.”
* * *
The Ouritsu Senzai was a huge building that was made up of four quarters. Made entirely out of glass, it included the First Generation K’s sleeping quarters and the assembly room where it could fit the entire Seiyo tribe when the Guardians held a town meeting. It was amusing how they seemed to refer it as a ‘town meeting’ when the Seiyo tribe was an entire nation altogether itself. The third quarter is where the First Generation K would dwell most of day taking care of simple matters such as supervising The Academy. Last and foremost was where the Guardians would meet each other for meetings. That part of the Ouritsu Senzai was made entirely out of glass, with flowers gardens everywhere and fountains decorating every inch of that quarter truly making it the Royal Garden. It was even more ironic when the original Royal Garden was one hundred times bigger, possessing the air of a palace.
Or so Amu thought. She was rooted to the spot, her amber eyes bulging. Ran sensed her terror and snickered. Amu-chan’s afraid of a building.
“Shut up, Ran. Shut up, shut up, shut up, just shut up!” Amu hissed in a hushed whisper.
“Why aren’t you going in then?” Ran asked in genuine curiosity. “You’re not really afraid, are you?”
“I’m afraid of what they know, that I don’t,” she murmured, her eyes dropping to the ground.
Ran frowned in genuine concern. “Amu-chan, I’m not forcing you. If. . . . if you’re really in pain, you don’t need to go.”
Amu’s head popped up and she stared at Ran with surprise. ‘Have you always been this way? So kind. . . . ?”
“You will be,” Ran answered in an ominous tone, smiling.
“Thanks Ran,” Amu whispered before opening the door.
Echoes of her gasps filled the empty space. It was like a new world in here. A different atmosphere hung over the room, (if you could really call it a room) water fountains spraying moist beads all over the flowers, letting out a pleasant natural fragrance. The sun was bright shining in through the ceiling that it reflected off the glass walls and into the fountains causing rainbow births everywhere.
Amu stared in awe, as Ran level at Amu’s shoulder stared with sparkles in her eyes.
“Good afternoon, Miss Hinamori,” a kind voice came from the other side of the room.
Amu’s gaze traveled from the transparent panels, over the flowers, past the rainbows and over to a group of youngsters sitting under a white yurt shading them from the blazing sun.
The King’s Chair, Tadase Hotori smiled kindly in her direction. His sunny blond hair reflected brightness and his red jasper eyes made Amu unable to look about. She was breathless.
On either side of Prince were the Queen’s Chair and Jack’s Chair. Rima sipped her tea impatiently, purposely ignoring the girl and Kairi was shifting and ordering papers together. He pushed his forefinger upwards, sliding his oval spectacles further up his nose highlighting those dark eyes. The Ace’s Chair, Yaya Yuiki was placing snacks and a tea kettle on the table before turning her caramel head and smiling in Amu’s direction. Amu felt a timid blush cross her face.
“Oi, Hinamori! Give us the time of day!”
The blush was wiped away and Amu’s eyes narrowed the amber in her eyes flaming as she regarded the person who that voice belonged to.
The ex-Jack’s Chair leaned casually against of the five yurt posts, his hands poised behind his messy russet head. His earthly eyes held a challenge as he regarded Hinamori.
“Funny,” Amu’s mouth quirked. “I suppose this was all your idea. Your idea of making fun of me. You interrupted a beautiful opportunity of mammoth hunting. Nice Kukai.”
“Nope. It was all Tadase’s idea here,” Kukai clicked his tongue, inclining his head towards the King’s Chair.
Amu spared Prince one glance as he frowned and smiled apologetically in her direction. “That still doesn’t prove whether you won’t be challenging me or not, isn’t that right Kukai?” she said in an accusatory tone, her amber eyes boring into his earthly ones.
“No, you’re right, Hinamori. It doesn’t,” Kukai nodded in agreement moving his hands from the back of head to only to stand in a taunting pose.
Amu started withdrawing her bow from her quiver, speaking slowly and precisely. “I suppose that doesn’t mean. . . .”
Amu’s unfinished sentence was a hangover as powerful winds blew every which way throughout the Ouritsu Senzai, along with cries of complaint from the rest of the Guardians finding themselves unable to see with their eyes open. In midst of all the chaos, the winds abruptly ceased only to reveal Amu straddling Kukai, her sharp dagger pressed into the flesh of his neck. Her bow was back into her quiver as if it had never been touched.
“. . . . I should make you bleed right here and now,” she concluded her phrase.
Yaya let out a cry of disbelief, while Rima cussed and Kairi started reorganizing his papers. Tadase stood up trying to speak over Yaya’s screams until a final yell silenced them all.
“Calm down, all of you! You know, no seiyan has ever been a scoundrel and nor shall she!”
The clear voice came a from a boy of fourteen clad in a black and blue cotton uniform. His brown eyes were strict and calm, as long, flowing ebony hair framed his face.
The boy turned towards Amu and smiled politely. “Hello, Miss Amu Hinamori.”
“You’re, you’re Nagihiko Fujisaki!” Amu spluttered.
“Yes, I am,” Nagihiko nodded pleasantly.
“Nadeshiko Fujisaki younger twin brother!”
Nagihiko cleared his throat in embarrassment. “Yes, I am he. And you’re this Amu-chan, everyone’s been talking about?”
Amu frowned. “If you’re calling me by my first name then I can call you by your first.”
A delighted grin crept across Nagihiko’s face. “I’d be more than happy!” he extended a hand towards her. Amu fuddled with her dagger and Nagihiko lifted her off Kukai.
“So you’re really him?” Amu pressed, slapping her uniform. “Miss Fujisaki’s twin brother?”
“Yes, I am her twin brother, Amu-chan. I don’t think my sister would mind if you called her by her first name,” he informed her, winking.
“Nadeshiko,” Amu simply said.
“On with it!” Kukai yelled, swinging an arm over Amu’s shoulders. Amu glared at him in annoyance despite the timid flush creeping back to her cheeks.
Tadase felt unusually prickly when he surveyed Mr. Souma’s arm around Miss Hinamori’s shoulders. She didn’t seem to regard too much, almost as if this was normal unsettling Tadase even more.
Why should he feel this way, whenever a man would behave this way around a simple girl? Why did he feel negative feelings for his best friend as he casually kept physical contact with this girl? He didn’t love her. Tadase, a stern voice spoke. Stop dillydallying. Get on with your duties as King. Tadase nodded internally. Of course, Kiseki.
The others gathered around the table, as Amu took a seat. “Let us introduce ourselves properly,” Tadase gestured his hand forward before five small figures appeared at everyone’s shoulders. “I am the King’s Chair, Tadase Hotori. This my guardian character Kiseki.”
Amu surveyed Kiseki. He was turned away from her, looking extremely bored. He was an exact tiny replica of Prince, his eyes cyan and his hair violet. A small gold crown was posed on the top of his head and he wore a long flowing red cape. The exact image of a king.
Amu stared back at her own guardian character, Ran who’s mouth was open in astonishment. Other than the clothing, the size and the hair, Ran’s features resembled Amu’s own.
Rima stood up before brushing a group of golden locks off her shoulder. “I’m the Queen’s Chair, Rima Mashiro. This is my guardian character Kusu Kusu.”
Kusu Kusu too, was Rima’s exact twin. Her hair was more a light yellow and was straighter in sense. While Rima’s eyes were a freezing gold, Kusu Kusu’s eyes were a friendly lime green. Her attire was composed of a white polka-dotted orange clown suit and hat. Amu noticed the bronze raindrop and star under her eyes. Kusu Kusu giggled when she caught Amu staring at her.
Kairi came to stand on Amu’s right side. “I am the Jack’s Chair, Kairi Sanjou. This is my guardian character Musashi. I am what you could consider, a class president.”
Musashi samurai figure floated up to Amu, nodding in acknowledgement. His eyes were dark like Kairi’s although Amu could make out the tiniest of purple within them. His green hair was pulled back into Japanese samurai’s chonmage and he too wore oval spectacles. “Please to make your acquaintance.”
“As I, yours,” Amu nodded back respectfully.
Yaya piped on Amu’s left side, startling her. “I’m the Ace’s Chair, Yaya Yuiki. By the way I love sweet and cute things. This is my guardian character Pepe.”
Emerging out of nowhere, a baby character wearing a pink baby outfit and bunny cap over pale brown pigtails. Her crystal blue eyes held a childlike quality. She was quietly sucking on a pacifier in her mouth.
“I was the first Jack’s Chair, Kukai Souma,” he said. “I am the president of Hunting Club as you very well know, don’t you Hinamori? Anyways, this is my guardian character Daichi.”
Daichi popped up on Kukai’s shoulder, eyeing Amu with brown eyes. He was easily spot-able with jade spikes erupting from behind his white star sweatband and his yellow t-shirt and bright shorts and sneakers.
“And I’m Nagihiko Fujisaki, younger twin to Nadeshiko Fujisaki. I don’t have a guardian character or guardian egg yet but I can see and hear all of them very clearly.”
There was long pause of silence. Nagihiko whispered something to Tadase, who nodded. Nagihiko ran off in a different direction. A little while later Ran floated up Amu’s and whispered “Why aren’t you going to introduce yourself, Amu-chan?”
“They probably already know who I am, Ran,” Amu whispered back. “Remember what I told you about-”
“Oh yes, all of us know just about everything about you,” a sweet, elegant voice spoke. Amu turned around only to find Nadeshiko Fujisaki, standing there in her red uniform with a guardian cape. “I am the ex-Queen’s Chair, Nadeshiko Fujsaki. This is my guardian character Temari. My little brother has gone to do some chores for the moment.”
Temari’s eggplant eyes were unreadable as they stayed glued to Amu’s face. She wore a pink cherry blossom kimono which the rest of her face other than her eyes. Her long mauve hair was tied back with faux sakura flowers, like Nadeshiko.
“Nadeshiko Fujisaki!” Amu cried, stumbling backwards.
“She’s so clumsy and timid,” Yaya crooned. Pepe nodded in agreement.
“It’s amazing how believe those false rumors about yourself,” Kairi commented, sliding his spectacles higher up his nose.
Amu straightened herself. “Hey! I’m not clumsy! She just took by surprise! I’m agile you know! Besides, how do you know all this!?” Amu spluttered between yells.
“We have classified files of every member of the Seiyo tribe,” Nadeshiko said pleasantly.
“See, Ran!” Amu pointed an accusing finger in Nadeshiko’s direction. “I told you! It’s an invasion of privacy!”
“And so your guardian character and guardian eggs, will you please show us?” Tadase inquired.
Ran flashed Amu a quick glance. What about the diamond egg, Amu-chan?
No, she thought firmly. We are keeping the diamond egg a secret for the time being until I decide what to do with these Guardian people. Delicately, Amu took out her spade and clover egg from the pouch of her quiver and placed them on the table.
Kukai whistled. “That’s gonna a whole load of guardian characters.”
Guardian characters! Amu felt something ignite within her. “What are guardian characters, exactly? Tell me!”
Tadase had closed his eyes and stood still. He had expected as much as Kiseki handed him the requested artifact. “Read this,” he told Miss Hinamori in an unreadable tone. “It explains part of it.”
Amu blinked. A picture book? ‘Egg of the Heart’ it read. “Every child has an egg of the heart. . . .” Amu read outloud.
“It isn’t visible to the human eye,” Ran continued, reading over Amu’s shoulder. “They disappear once you reach maturity.”
Amu had turned the page only to find the rest shredded. “It was ripped,” she mumbled in a numb tone. She stared Ran at the corner of her eye. Ran shrugged her small shoulders appearing just as confused as she was.
“The Founder of the Guardians wrote that book,” Tadase told Amu. “Eggs of the heart. . . . how familiar does that seem?”
Amu recalled seeing her four eggs in her bed yesterday morning. “No way,” she mouthed in Ran’s direction. A bemused smile played with her lips, as Ran regarded Amu with her peculiar pink eyes. She nodded.
“Everyone has an egg of the heart,” Rima said. “It’s mostly always unborn and if your wish or dream is strong enough that personality will come out.”
“That’s a guardian character!” Kusu Kusu added cheerfully, clinging to Rima’s arm.
“You know the churches built all of the globe that are completely devoted to the goddess Amulet Fortune?” Kukai asked her, slinging an arm over her shoulders again. Amu nodded hesitantly. “Rumor has it, or according to Nobuko Saeki that Amulet Fortune used the power of the Embryo to create an egg of the heart in everyone’s hearts. Apparently, she chose a certain heart to be come her successor bearing three eggs. That’s you Hinamori.” Amu grimaced when Kukai put the spotlight on her.
“The other gods and goddesses under Amulet Fortune’s request, formed a little group similar to the Guardians as Mr. Souma says rumor has it that there were other gods and goddesses aware of the process too,” Kairi continued. He must mean other gods and goddesses like Seraphic Charm and Samurai Soul. . . . Amu thought. “Using powerful character energy to conserve all this power, they used the Humpty Lock as a pillar.”
Instinctively, Amu hand flew to her neck as she clutched the Humpty Lock in her palm. “Not my Humpty Lock,” she protested. “There must be another or something. . . . !”
“Sorry, Amu-chi,” Yaya was shaking her head in pity. Amu-chi?! Amu’s angry thoughts cried. “It’s not like that.”
“How long have you own that Humpty Lock, Miss Hinamori?” Prince asked her.
“Since birth,” she swallowed.
“The Legendary Humpty Lock has the ability to harness all of your powers as well as others who have guardian characters,” Tadase notified Amu. “In fact, we were all shocked to discover that you owned it.”
“The Humpty Lock has a strong influence all over guardian eggs even x-eggs,” Nadeshiko was saying. “X-eggs are an egg of the heart that turns when the bearer of an egg is feeling negative. Only Amulet Fortune ever had the power to purify them,” she hurried to add when Amu opened her mouth to speak.
“If the x-egg is left out wandering too long it hatches into what you see is the dark version of would-be self, an x-character. It’s the negative version of whatever the guardian bearer’s heart contains,” Rima spoke up.
“That doesn’t explain why I had this weird power Ran gave me yesterday and I actually possessed the guts to beat the crap out of that Ikuto Tsukiyomi,” Amu frowned.
The rest of the (ex-)Guardians eyed Tadase eventually no longer skeptical of what Tadase had told them earlier. Amu Hinamori herself admitted it. “Ah, a character change,” Tadase sighed. “That’s when your would-be self becomes you personality if you will it or if it’s your guardian character’s wish. I must tell you Miss Hinamori, that when you attacked me and that cat vermin you were exceptionally powerful. Most people would possess that type power during a character transformation.”
“A character transformation?” Amu repeated, cocking an eyebrow.
“A character transformation is when you and guardian character’s abilities reach 120%, Amu-chan!” Ran told her. “They become you and you become them, you personalities mash together and you are one!”
“Indeed,” Kiseki stern voice spoke up as he looked at Ran with an odd expression.
A blush rose to Ran’s cheeks under his intense scrutiny. “Not now, Kiseki. Please.”
Amu’s eyebrows rose. “You two know each other?”
“NO!” Ran squeaked immediately. Amu crossed her arms over her chest, becoming cynical.
“Why would I know a commoner like her?” Kiseki demanded rhetorically, tugging his cape forward not maintaining eye contact.
“It is not common for a spirit such as yourself to be so unforgiving,” Amu retorted in a sage tone. Kiseki stared at Amu in shock, as did the rest of the Guardians. What’s with this again?! These words don’t belong to me! Who is taking control of my brain?!
Do you feel okay, Amu-chan? Ran asked in her thoughts.
You’re acting strange. You said words that weren’t. . . . it happened yesterday too. . . .
You noticed, Amu thought dryly.
Kukai had separated himself Amu, standing a long distance away from her beside the central fountain. “It’s training time!” Kukai hooted, covering up the awkward moment.
“Training?” Amu exclaimed.
“Yeah! I need to see your power, Hinamori. Unless you’re bluffing and Tadase a downright liar,” Kukai smirked.
That struck a nerve. “Would you provoke rather than trust the word of your friend?” Amu’s similar sage tone came. How could he? Not willing to be honest and value his friendship-? She threw Ran a terrified glance. These words aren’t mine!
Ran had floated midway between Amu and Kukai staring at him evenly. “Amu-chan’s powers are not to be abused with negativity and anger. They must inspired by honesty and true belief in oneself.”
“That’s gonna be hard to provoke now isn’t it?” Daichi mocked. “Normally, the negative version of emotions are so much provoke-able. Honesty isn’t something you can come up with in a snap!”
He and Kukai burst laughing. Ran’s hands started curling into fists and in the end finding herself in Amu’s palm. She shook her head. “Let’s just go, Ran.”
Ran nodded reluctantly before casting a venomous glare in Daichi’s direction at the entrance of the Ouritsu Senzai.
“Miss Hinamori. . . . we want you to join the Guardians,” Tadase said. “To go under as the Joker’s Chair and in the process you’ll become one of the most powerful guardian bearers in history.
Amu clutched the golden handle, hesitating. There was something she had to do, now that she a new power she could possibly be willing to accept. She needed to prove herself in the most honest way possible. For the moment it’s she needed to do. Proving herself would find her release.
Ran? Can I do this?
‘Course, Amu-chan. Ran’s cheery voice answered. “Character change: Hop! Step! Jump!”
It didn’t take a moment’s hesitation. Amu felt the change within her, the power and strength potent and flowing in the blood stream. Her hairclip was of a heart instead of an ‘x’. Pink wings formed at her knuckles and ankles, bestowing Amu with agility so very exquisite. Unkownst to her, hot, churning light were filling palms as winds blew forward landing straight into Kukai, sliding her hands hand up and down his arms leaving him burned and bruised in the process as Amu’s fist came in blinding violent contact with his jaw. Dodging a swipe of his arm, Amu leapt into the air before slamming her forearm into Kukai’s neck and going into the wall.
Amu smirked triumphantly before stepping away and letting Kukai collect himself. She stared at the rest of the Guardians as they stared speechless at her.
Nadeshiko brought a hand up to her lips in shock. “Her hands. . . .” Yaya gasped.
Amu stared at her own hands, her hands shining a bright pink light. That’s her symbol of power, Ran thought. Belief in one’s self.
Amu’s melting amber eyes penetrated into Tadase’s red jasper ones. Her reply was short and firm, containing a huge impact.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
Are you going to continue??? I noticed that this wasn't on fanfiction anymore~ TT^TT I absolutely LOVE the plot!!! XD
that is an amizin story!
MOVED to new account----> chocopockii re-add me i guess